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Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin thank parishioners for their extraordinary generosity of €3.25m to ease the Ukrainian crisis

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin, as President and Vice-President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, have published the following statement to thank the parishes across Ireland for their extraordinary generosity in raising to date of over €3.25 million in response to the crisis in Ukraine.  Following the invasion of Ukraine by […]

Homily of Bishop Michael Router for Chrism Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh

Last Saturday and Sunday, in Cookstown and in Collon, I joined a group of people gathered by the diocesan Youth Coordinators to reflect on the second chapter of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’ entitled ‘Jesus Ever Young’. We tend to forget that Jesus was a young man when he died on the cross and […]

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Mass of Chrism in Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin

My sisters and brothers, gathered here at this evening’s Mass, we—the people of this diocese, of this ‘church’—in our diverse roles and different stories, form the visible sign of the unity of the Church.   All of us—lay women and men, deacons, women and men in the consecrated life, priests and myself as bishop—celebrate our oneness […]

Priests are at the frontline caring for the sick, the bereaved, and staying with their people during war

“We pray that the witness of priests will inspire young men to follow Jesus Christ” – Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan As chair of the Council for Vocations of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan today said, “during this, the holiest week of the Church year, I wish to express my admiration, on behalf of the […]

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Chrism Mass 2022 in the Diocese of Dromore

Dear brothers and sisters, before I consecrate the chrism today in communion with the priests present, I will breathe over the oil: firstly, to symbolise the calling down of the Holy Spirit; and secondly, to emphasise the life-giving, sanctifying character of the sacraments where chrism will be used. Holy Chrism belongs to the sacraments of […]

Bishop Fintan Monahan commissions 24 new lay ministers for the Diocese of Killaloe

Homily of Bishop Fintan Monahan for Mass of Chrism (see below statement) Statement 24 lay people have been commissioned to serve in the Diocese of Killaloe in the Ministries of Pastoral Care, and Catechetics/Faith Development.  The commissioning took place yesterday in the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Ennis, Co Clare, at the annual Mass […]

Homily of Bishop John Fleming for Chrism Mass 2022

This evening is a truly historic and unique evening in this Cathedral. I  know of no other diocese in which the priests of the diocese and myself will renew our commitment to priesthood in the presence of representatives of every Parish Pastoral Council in this diocese, who will also make their commitment to Christ and […]

“This is our history, our mission and our legacy. The Risen Christ also calls us to be messengers of an Easter vision in our personal circumstances, in our time and in our world.” – Bishop Noel Treanor

An Easter Message by Bishop Noel Treanor The Message of Easter is the celebration of life over death, of hope over despair, of offers of assurance in situations of vulnerability. The scriptures attest to how the resurrected Christ awakened faith. They tell of how He awakened new hope and new understanding in the disciples and then entrusted […]

Easter message from the Church Leaders Group (Ireland)

Following their meeting in Armagh today, the Church Leaders Group have agreed the statement below for immediate publication: On Good Friday when Jesus was crucified, we are told in the Gospel that darkness covered the whole earth. Our world this Holy Week is overshadowed with the darkness of war and conflict in Ukraine. We have […]

Holy Week and Easter 2022 – be part of the most sacred week of the year

Special feature available now on www.catholicbishops.ie During Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of His life on earth, beginning with His messianic entrance into Jerusalem.  The Lenten season lasts until the beginning of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on […]

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